IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT (Song Lyrics)

water leaves reflections

Chorus
Are you hiding within your heart, dear child
Longing for someone to find you
Does each day find you struggling to find
Your identity that’s lost, forsaken
Stop looking at what you can see
Can see
See staring back at you
Take a deeper dive into the water of life
See yourself in My reflection

See yourself in My reflection
See yourself
Yourself, free
See yourself in My reflection
Instead of you
You’ll see Me

Guilt plays a ruthless, endless game
Places all the blame upon you
But I’m here to say, My dear child
It’s not your fault, you’re not at fault
And I’ve provided the remedy

Shame is the bondage of your past
And pain wraps its arms around it
But I’m here to say, My dear child
It’s not your fault, you’re not at fault
And I’ve provided the remedy

Chorus
Are you hiding within your heart, dear child
Longing for someone to find you
Does each day find you struggling to find
Your identity that’s lost, forsaken
Stop looking at what you can see
Can see
See staring back at you
Take a deeper dive into the water of life
See yourself in My reflection

See yourself in My reflection
See yourself
Yourself, free
See yourself in My reflection
Instead of you
You’ll see Me

Sickness entwines, steals your freedom
Fear covers with clouds of despair
But I’m here to say, My dear child
It’s not your fault, you’re not at fault
And I’ve provided the remedy

Hopelessness sings confusing lies
Loneliness speaks to the hurting
But I’m here to say, My dear child
It’s not your fault, you’re not at fault
And I’ve provided the remedy

Chorus
Are you hiding within your heart, dear child
Longing for someone to find you
Does each day find you struggling to find
Your identity that’s lost, forsaken
Stop looking at what you can see
Can see
See staring back at you
Take a deeper dive into the water of life
See yourself in My reflection

See yourself in My reflection
See yourself
Yourself, free
See yourself in My reflection
Instead of you
You’ll see Me

© 2021 Liana Wendy Howarth

THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH (Song Lyrics)

girl joyful with balloon at sunset

Help me oh my Lord, my Lord
To bring what’s deep within me
From darkness into the light
There is no hiding from Thee

For when I believe that You don’t see
For when I believe that You don’t hear
For when I believe that You don’t care
Your blessings are more the sweeter

Chorus
The joy of the Lord is my strength, my strength
The joy of the Lord is my strength
Did you hear my heart, what I am singing
The joy of the Lord is your strength

When freedom finds its comfort
My new heart breaks through pain’s wall
A wall, hidden things had built
And captures love’s All-in-all

For when I believe that You don’t see
For when I believe that You don’t hear
For when I believe that You don’t care
Your blessings are more the sweeter

Chorus
The joy of the Lord is my strength, my strength
The joy of the Lord is my strength
Did you hear my heart, what I am singing
The joy of the Lord is your strength

© 2017 Liana Wendy Howarth

ETERNITY WILL NEVER BE LONG ENOUGH (A Song of Love)

cross jesus wood

And as I watched You hanging there
In all my sin, shame and despair
I saw all Father had You wear
Each breath harder on One so fair

Chorus
Eternity, eternity
Will never be long enough
There is nothing I can say
There is nothing I can do
To show how much I’m in love with You

You bled for me, You bled for me
Each thorn soaked through at Calvary
The pain, it pierced upon that tree
Love poured out for eternity

Chorus
Eternity, eternity
Will never be long enough
There is nothing I can say
There is nothing I can do
To show how much I’m in love with You

You could have left that place of woe
All heaven knew and now I know
But You didn’t breathe Your last flow
Until all darkness had to go

Chorus
Eternity, eternity
Will never be long enough
There is nothing I can say
There is nothing I can do
To show how much I’m in love with You

In that beautiful show of love
When saints cried out and praised above
No need for me to push and shove
You’ll always wait for me, Love’s love

Chorus
Eternity, eternity
Will never be long enough
No, there is nothing I can say
There is nothing I can do
To show how much I’m in love with You

© 2015 Liana Wendy Howarth

From the Dryness of the Desert …

desert stock photo

From the dryness of the desert to the rifts within my heart
From the floods of falling deluge to the tears without a start
From the darkness of ailing moon to hidden depths of inner parts
Oh! Lord Your light, it pierces every shard of this well worn cart

This cart that carries every pain, every grief and every shame
This cart that travels wearily and twists and turns beneath its frame
This cart unto which the lonesome had been bound until the freedom came
And now it’s unloaded and only joy and love and peace dwell in His name

© 2014 Liana Wendy Howarth

When a Rose Cries

When a Rose Cries

Sometimes the pain is too much to bear

Sometimes you wonder how you will go on

Sometimes the never-ending tears won’t end

Sometimes the burden, it crushes, it bruises

Sometimes fogginess is so persistent it becomes reality

Sometimes life … it just happens without you

But those tears that mar a beauty’s face

Those tears that hold a healing flow

Cleanse the surface, fragrance released

Yes, life goes on … pain

Exhaustion

Longing for a breakthrough

Answered prayer

Watching loved ones live without you

You’re there; but you’re not

They wonder

They hurt

Wanting to help

Not knowing what to do

To make it easier

To ease suffering

The pain

The pain of suffering

On and on and on

Sensing no relief

Tried this

Tried that

Nothing works

Exhaustion

Fear

Pain

One day

One day

One day

The prayer will be answered

Until then

HEAR MY CRY

Under the merciful gaze of love
My heart is open, crushed and sad
I have come to realize that through it all
Only Jesus is hurt when my life falls

Help me to recover my poise
In Christ I live, and not for nought
Healing balm please Lord, do apply
For very soon this life is nigh

Heal me with the fragrance of roses
Heal me with sweet scents of rosebuds
May the lily cover my proudness
Cover my sense of guilt and shame

Lift the cloud of weariness yonder
From this weak and burdened frame
For this cloud remains a long time
Oh! When will Your sweet lightness shine

Please, dear Father, should I wander
Through this wilderness of thine alone
Lift this cloud, I shall not falter
Lead me on, for this Thy cloud came

 (from ‘Fragrance from the Spring’)

© 2010 – present Liana Wendy Howarth

Hear My Cry

Hear My CryUnder the merciful gaze of love
My heart is open, crushed and sad
I have come to realize that through it all
Only Jesus is hurt when my life falls

Help me to recover my poise
In Christ I live, and not for nought
Healing balm please Lord, do apply
For very soon this life is nigh

Heal me with the fragrance of roses
Heal me with sweet scents of rosebuds
May the lily cover my proudness
Cover my sense of guilt and shame

Lift the cloud of weariness yonder
From this weak and burdened frame
For this cloud remains a long time
Oh! When will Your sweet lightness shine

Please, dear Father, should I wander
Through this wilderness of thine alone
Lift this cloud, I shall not falter
Lead me on, for this Thy cloud came

(in “Fragrance from the Spring”)

The Tears of a Dry Heart – ‘A Beautiful Story’ in “Fragrance from the Spring”

stream in forest

 A  BEAUTIFUL STORY

Softly as a pure, white dove,

The snowflakes gently fell,

A little lamb was given us,

On that crisp, winter morn.

 *

And as He grew, new life was found,

Found deep within the earth,

Petals beautifully did spring forth,

And not a blemish spoiled.

 *

Fresh sounds of song rolled off the leaves,

Of fragrance laced with heaven,

And that dear lamb, God’s chosen One,

Was led toward that tree.

 *

The tree of death, the tree of life,

And today this is given thee,

To die with Christ, be born again,

Never again be led astray.

 *

The wondrous Shepherd of mankind,

With grace whispers your name,

Come forth, come forth,

From darkness holding, life begins with Me.

 *

Take My hand and walk beside Me,

Bring your heart to pastures green,

Living waters will cleanse, restore you,

Open the gate that is nailed with My pain,

Your shame is taken,

My love is given,

Silent knocking on your heart no more.

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When tears have dried up; but you’re still in pain, open the floodgates of the reservoir and allow the Living Water to fill the emptiness of your broken heart.  Maybe once again.

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The Fragrance of Healing

May the Lord’s blessings and answers to heart-wrenching prayers fall as precious fragrance upon those shedding

tears of pain

tears of sickness

tears of abandonment

tears of hurt

tears of frustration

tears of torment

tears of hopelessness

tears of loneliness

tears of homelessness

tears of shame

tears of lost love

and may that beautiful fragrance turn them from your tears of

pain into freedom

sickness into vitality

abandonment into company

hurt into love

frustration into peace

torment into release

hopelessness into hope

loneliness into comfort

homelessness into safe shelter

shame into forgiveness

lost love into fresh roses

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Excerpt from ‘Hope’ in “Fragrance from the Spring”

‘Life may seem forever hurting,

Tears they flow as if no end,

But they’re counted, tearfully cherished,

In His bottle.  He will mend.’